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Released: 2003
special edition (bonus DVD with four tracks USA only), 2004


tracks
Birthday Card At Christmas
Holly Herald
A Christmas Song
Another Christmas Song
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow
Last Man At The Party
Weathercock
Pavane
First Snow On Brooklyn
Greensleeved
Fire At Midnight
We Five Kings
Ring Out Solstice Bells
Bourée
A Winter Snowscape

Song Samples

   > holly herald
   > a christmas song
   > last man at the party
   > first snow on brooklyn
   > greensleeved

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The Jethro Tull Christmas Album

One of the most despised of pop music genres is the holiday album. Long the staple of acts past their prime, such discs usually consist of painfully rendered "classic" tunes. Yet, in 2003 Jethro Tull took the perhaps surprising leap into such a dangerous challenge.

If any rock band could really produce a good holiday album, it would be Jethro Tull. Over the years, Ian has written many holiday related songs, the most obvious being "A Christmas Story" and other songs with a very wintery feel (such as "Fire at Midnight" from "Songs from the Wood").

Thus, Tull re-recorded a few Tull "winter" tunes, added a few great new tracks (such as "Birthday Card at Christmas"), and then selected a few solid and not so worn out holiday melodies fitting the band's style. The result was amazing -- arguably a landmark work that became what a holiday album should be and one of Tull's most critically acclaimed works. All Music Guide™ raved"4 -stars...one of the most satisfying Tull releases in 25 years." Even the often critical Rolling Stone™ exclaimed the disc offered "tunes lilt with carol-esque abandon ...tracks that really sparkle."

In 2004, the disc was treated to a special USA limited release with a DVD bonus including tracks from the "Living in the Past" DVD: "My Sunday Feeling," "Jack in the Green," and "Life is a Long Song."

Tull Christmas album front buy it now

   Ian Anderson - vocals, flute, acoustic guitar
    Martin Barre - guitars
    James Duncan - percussion
    Andrew Giddings - keyboards, bass, accordion, organ
    Jonathan Noyce - bass guitar
    Dave Pegg - mandolin
    Doane Perry - percussion